Sports Physicals and Clinics
Keeping you in the game
For more than 20 years, the area's leading experts in orthopaedic and sports medicine, Freeman Health System, has provided free annual preseason physical exams for athletes attending area high schools and colleges. Volunteers including doctors, nurses, therapists, and other clinicians assist with the exams, providing comprehensive evaluation and assessment.
In 2016, Freeman began offering free Saturday morning sports injury clinics.
Students injured in Friday night football matchups or other fall sports have access to orthopaedic specialists on Saturday mornings. Whether injured during practice or competition, Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Joplin and Pittsburg will evaluate students free of charge.
“Nothing can be more frustrating to an athlete to be hurt and out of commission,” said Dr. Robert Lieurance, Freeman Orthopaedic Surgeon. “The sooner an injury is diagnosed and treated, the sooner an athlete can resume his or her activity.”
The clinic is open to middle school, high school and college athletes who were injured during the previous week’s activities. Students can be seen with no appointment on a first come, first served basis. Physicians and staff will perform exams and x-rays, and provide a brace when needed. Students needing follow-up care will be referred to the appropriate Freeman physician or department.
“Our team is specially trained to get these student athletes back in the game,” said Dr. Michael Zafuta, Freeman Orthopaedic Surgeon. “These clinics enable students to receive the proper care quickly, so they can be off the sidelines as soon as possible.”
Freeman Rehabilitation & Sports Center
2206 E. 32nd St.
Joplin, Missouri 64804
Freeman Health System Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine (physicians' offices only)
3105 McClelland Blvd.